I. Introduction to the Department of Philosophy

Dear Philosophy Students,

Philosophy is the study of life’s biggest questions. How can we know the right thing to do?  Is there a right thing to do?  Is there a god?  Are people merely biochemical machines?  What should people do when their cherished values conflict?  How should society be organized?   Is science the best way to discover the truth--if there is truth?  What is truth, anyway?  Is there a reality that hasn’t been invented by our minds?

At Bowling Green, the Department of Philosophy stresses applied philosophy—that is, the application of our discipline to real-world situations.  Our department is, in fact, independently ranked as one of the three best in the country for the study of applied philosophy.  As one of the smaller departments at BGSU, we pride ourselves on the collegiality of our faculty and graduate assistants.  You are welcome here!

Sincerely yours,

Louis Katzner

Professor and Chair

Department of Philosophy


Dear Philosophy Students,

Welcome to the Philosophy Department at BGSU!  As undergraduate advisor, my role is to assist our majors, minors, and students interested in philosophy with course selection, concerns about classes, filing of junior audit check sheets, career counseling, and information about university personnel.  I am here to keep you informed about what is happening in philosophy today, both at the university and in the profession.  I would be happy to meet with you to discuss the philosophy major or minor, and to fill you in on the benefits of studying philosophy at BGSU.  We have a small, collegial department, which allows for close and fruitful interaction between faculty and students.  I look forward to getting to know you!

Sincerely yours,

Ian Young

Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor